FRAMINGHAM – Friday afternoon, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order prohibiting individuals travelling from seven predominantly Muslin countries from entering the United States.
Framingham is a community with a large immigrant population. Last year, the Framingham Public Schools said students spoke more than 75 different languages within its district. Bilingual Education Program Director Genoveffa Grieci said 37.5 percent of the 8,000-plus students in the Framingham Public Schools speak another language in addition to English.
Tuesday night, acting Framingham Superintendent of Schools Ed Gotgart read a statement trying to make families in Framingham feel more at ease.
“National events over this past week have raised the concerns of many residents about their safety and security; often, these anxious feelings are shared by the children of these families. The Framingham Public Schools has a long and proud history of supporting its families, especially those who have recently arrived here, by providing a welcoming and safe environment for their children. We celebrate our diversity and embrace all students, no matter where they have come from, and we value the richness of the global experiences that our students bring with them every day,” said Gotgart.
“Our schools have always been safe havens for our students and we assure you that they will continue to be so,” said Gotgart.
“If your child needs help navigating the flood of bad stories and disturbing events, please let us know so that we may assist them in any way that we can. Our staff are here to offer help and support through these difficult and confusing times. There is nothing more important to us than our students feeling welcomed and valued as members of the Framingham Public Schools. Please do consider us as your partner in this important work on behalf of your children, our students,” said Gotgart.